The Unbroken Soul : Tragedy, Trauma, and Human Resilience
The contributors to this volume are keenly aware that mental health professionals, while well trained to identify and treat psychopathology, are insufficiently informed or cognizant of human resilience, of how, and of what, intrapsychic, interpersonal, and psychosocial factors are operative in adaptive coping with and recovering from trauma. These authors, several of whom themselves were subjected to severe trauma, address the matter of resilience from the vantage point of their own personal and clinical experiences.
- Hardback | 208 pages
- 157.48 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
- 30 Mar 2008
- Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
- Northvale NJ, United States
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During the last 30 years I have visited various parts of the world scarred by wars or war-like conditions. In these situations I often observed that traumatized refugees or internally displaced persons dropped dead without any apparent reason. However, I was also sometimes amazed to observe that other individuals in such locations were able to keep their self-esteem and dignity, adapt to the tragedies, and even offer leadership to those around them, helping to lift their spirits. This book taught me a great deal about the psychology of resilience, a very new field of psychodynamic investigation, and reminded me that trauma studies are not complete without the inclusion of developing theories about unbroken souls. -- Vamik D. Volkan M.D., professor emeritus of psychiatry at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA and the author of Killing in the Name of Identity: Stories of Bloody Conflicts.
About Henri Parens
Henri Parens, M.D. is professor of psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College and training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. Salman Akhtar, M.D. is professor of psychiatry at Jefferson Medical College, training and supervising analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia, and a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and the American College of Psychoanalysts. Harold P. Blum, M.D. is clinical professor of psychiatry and training analyst at New York University School of Medicine.
Table of contents
Chapter 1 The biopsychosocial miracle of resilience: An overview Chapter 2 Children in war and their resiliences Chapter 3 Some thoughts on psychic trauma and its treatment Chapter 4 Resilience: Accommodation and recovery Chapter 5 On genocidal persecution and resilience Chapter 6 A self-study of resilience - Healing from the Holocaust Chapter 7 Resilience, sublimation, and healing: Reactions to a personal narrative Chapter 8 Psychological and biological factors associated with resilience to stress and trauma Chapter 9 From trauma to resilience Chapter 10 Resilience and Its Correlates